Sunday, May 27, 2012

Ancestry Adds New Census Viewer

I'm in love. Ancestry has introduced a new census viewer. Just this week I was lamenting the difficulty of following a census line across a page and easily finding my place as I scrolled. I also had to refer to other documents or screen in order to see the census headings. Ancestry came through!

Remember those rulers with the highlighted areas for focusing on a computer print out? Well, Ancestry has added that function to the census viewer! It even puts the yellow bar in the center and the blue/green bars around it. Then if you pause your mouse over a cell the full contents are typed out including the column data. You can even browse to other lines in the same record and the search result stays highlit and the browse line highlights in pale red for easy comparison. Now I just need the same tool for my computer and I'll be a happy camper!

Happy Hunting!
click on "Try Now"


  1. It's not happening for me?? :( I wonder if they are slowly rolling it out??

  2. OOPS - after further review - it seems that this new feature is only in the 1930 and 1940 (partial) census right now. Sorry for the mis-information. We can only hope it gets applied to all of the others very soon.

  3. Thanks Kathleen :) I will definitely keep my fingers crossed too. :) It certainly would make them easier to read.